The Australian Grand Prix is set to be called off following a team meeting in Melbourne on Thursday night, high level sources have revealed. BUT…… there has been no official confirmation of the decision to abandon the race at the time this article is published, but it is understood a joint statement will be made by F1 and the FIA
Just hours after McLaren withdrew from the race following one of its staff members being confirmed as having coronavirus, F1 team bosses got together to discuss next steps. Autosport reported that, in talks with the FIA and F1 teams, a majority of teams said they were unhappy to continue with the event.
Sources indicate that the governing body said it would accept a majority decision of the teams so would now move to call off the event. Eight F1 personnel have been tested for COVID-19 since the sport’s arrival in Melbourne, with seven of the tests coming up negative.
On Thursday, McLaren announced it was pulling out from the race after the test confirmed an employee he has been infected. Another paddock member, believed to be a local photographer, has also been tested, but the results were unknown at the time of writing.
Our source in the F1 paddock is adamant that the Australian Grand Prix is set to go ahead.
Let’;s hope he is right and that in 5 hours from now we will be watching the first Free Practice Session of 2020.
21:30 (European Time): We just heard from our source that the Track Marshals have been told by the FIA to get prepared for FP1Source: GP24 Author, Frank van Nunen
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